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Segment 1: "Blood and Oil" (52.5 minutes)
The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East has long been dismissed as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. Blood and Oil, a documentary based on the critically-acclaimed work of Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare, challenges this conventional wisdom to correct the historical record. The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years – rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. In the end, Blood and Oil calls for a radical re-thinking of US energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.
Segment 2: "Reaching Out to Our Veterans and Their Families" (61.5 minutes)
Dr. Judith Broder, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and Zohreh Whitaker, whose son recently returned from Iraq, share their experiences of the effect of war and working with returning veterans and their families. Recorded by a Media Edge crew last year at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Sacramento.